YORK City boss Sam Collins has lost Lewis Hawkins after Hartlepool United recalled the midfielder following Richard Money's appointment.

Now Collins has admitted he could dip into the transfer market again, after losing Hawkins who picked up a knee injury in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at neighbours Harrogate Town.

A decision to recall him from his loan had already been made by Pools after ex-Luton and Cambridge manager Money was drafted in last week.

The Middlesbrough-born 25-year-old has netted once – against Kidderminster Harriers in the Trophy – during nine outings for the Minstermen.

With fellow midfielder Simon Heslop still completing his rehabilitation from minor knee surgery, Collins is ready to put the feelers out for a potential replacement.

Collins told the York Press: “Losing Lewis (at Harrogate) was a bit of a hammer blow, because he’s really good in that position.

“He went in for a challenge and got a kick on his knee and he’s also been called back by Hartlepool, so it was his last game for us. I’m disappointed to lose him, because I think he’s done great for us.

“I know him ever so well, having known him for a long time, so I know what he gives you on the pitch and he was having a really good game again (at Harrogate). He’s a great lad and a really good footballer and we were benefitting from having him at the club.

“But we’ll have to see if there’s anybody out there, who fits in with what we are trying to do and, if there is, I’ll then ask the question and see if we can sort something out. The option is there for us now to bring another loan player in, as I couldn’t do it before while we had five here.”

On-loan Rotherham winger Bray opened the scoring for City at Harrogate, but the hosts progressed to the second round with replies from Dominic Knowles and Liam Kitching.

On-loan Leeds left-back Kitching grabbed the winning goal on 66 minutes after an unconvincing punch by City keeper Adam Bartlett.

York City: Bartlett; Dyer, Digie, Davis, Ferguson; Hawkins (Harris 53), Griffiths, Law (Ironside 85); York, Burrow, Bray (Langstaff 71). Subs (not used): Tait, Parslow

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Kitching, Burrell, Langmead, Thomson, Falkingham, Emmett (Woods 68), Leesley, Knowles (Williams 80), Muldoon (Kerry 59). Subs (not used): Beck, Cracknell.